While I try to pray all throughout the day it is nice to have some quality devoted time to pray, to read the bible and to speak to the Lord. I can do this best when I am either in a quiet place outdoors or in a quiet church. This is hard to do. I need to have the will to pray. I need to have the time to pray. I need to have access a suitable environment for this type of prayer. But I know this time of prayer is amazing and fruitful. Because of this I always say a special prayer.
I pray for prayer.
When ever I sit down to pray I first thank the Lord for bringing me there. I thank the Lord for getting me off the couch to come and nurture my relationship with him.
"Dear Lord, Thank you for bringing me here today to spend time in front of your Blessed Eucharist."
"Dear Lord, Thank you for giving me some quiet time out of my hectic day today."
"Dear Lord, Thank you for giving me the will and the want to come talk with you today."
Then when I am finishing up my time of prayer I always ask to Lord to help me return to this time quickly.
Dear Lord, Thank you for this time together. Please help me to come back to talk with you tomorrow."
Dear Lord, Please help me to find time tomorrow to spend time with you.
Dear Lord, Help me to stay in prayer with you through my hectic day tomorrow and give me the time to return to your Blessed Eucharist soon.
(This can also be a nice time that I think about my scheduled for the next day or so and when I will pray)
I have found this to be extremely beneficial to my prayer time and to my relationship with the Lord. Spending any time in prayer is a hard thing thing to do and I know I can take all the prayers I can get.